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Rain Forest Literatures : Amazonian Texts and Latin American Culture - Lucia Sa

Rain Forest Literatures

Amazonian Texts and Latin American Culture

By: Lucia Sa

Hardcover Published: 1st May 2004
ISBN: 9780816643240
Number Of Pages: 360

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Native texts of the Amazonian rain forest have been viewed as myth or ethnographic matter-the raw material of literature-rather than as significant works in their own right. But in this unprecedented study, Lzcia Sa approaches indigenous texts as creative works rather than source material.

Disclosing the existence and nature of longstanding, rich, and complex Native American literary and intellectual traditions that have typically been neglected or demeaned by literary criticism, Rain Forest Literatures analyzes four indigenous cultural traditions: the Carib, Tupi-Guarani, Upper Rio Negro, and Western Arawak. In each case, Sa considers principal native texts and, where relevant, their publication history. She offers a historical overview of the impact of these texts on mainstream Spanish-American and Brazilian literatures, detailing comparisons with native sources and making close analyses of major instances, such as Mario de Andrade's classic Macunaima (1928) and Mario Vargas Llosa's The Storyteller (1986).

A redrawing of the lineage of Brazilian and Spanish-American literatures, this book advocates an understanding of the relationships between cultures as a process of "transculturation" rather than "acculturation"-a process that emphasizes the often-ignored impact of the peripheral culture on the one that assumes dominance.

Lzcia Sa is assistant professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Stanford University.

Roraima and the Carib
Pacaraima textsp. 3
Macunaima (1928)p. 35
Penetrating the dark interiorp. 69
The great lowland territory of the Tupi-Guarani
Tupi-Guarani textsp. 91
Romanticism and afterp. 115
Maira (1976)p. 153
Confluence in the Rio Negro
The upper Rio Negro : Jurupari and the big snakep. 173
Snake Norato (1931)p. 205
The green stagep. 221
The Arawak and the uppermost Amazon
The Mechiguenga and their heritagep. 241
The storyteller (1987)p. 251
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ISBN: 9780816643240
ISBN-10: 0816643245
Series: Cultural Studies of the Americas
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 1st May 2004
Publisher: UNIV OF MINNESOTA PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.57 x 15.85  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.58

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